Here’s a great machine for the family—we loved how easy it was to use. The star, as far as kids go, is the mix-ins. This machine has three containers that can hold sprinkles, chips or other mix-ins. These are dispenses at the same time the ice cream drops into a cone! Fun!
What We Liked
• Simple to use. Pour in the mix in the top and hit the button to start.
• Fun as a family project.
• You had us at “mix-ins.”
• Takes 20-25 minutes for a batch. Hint: pre-cool the mixture to make it go faster.
• Removable drip tray under dispenser arm is easy to clean.
• Includes recipe book. Or you can use a pre-made mix.
• Capacity at 1.5 quarters good for several cones, which have their own holder.
What Needs Work
• Tall, large footprint. This thing takes up a good amount of counter space.
• Lots of pieces that can get lost.
• Can’t make batch after batch. The freezer bowl has to be kept at zero degrees to work well. Hence, you can’t make more than one batch at a time.
• Prep time to pre-chill the batter. That takes another hour or so, especially if you are doing a homemade recipe.
• Not great for parties. This maker only has a 1.5 quart capacity . . . so probably not the best choice for parties.
• Eventually bowl has to be replaced. Yep, the freezer bowl can crack or break over time—we had to replace ours from the similar Cuisinart ICE-30BC once in 5 years.
• Must have room in your freezer. Yep, the bowl takes up room in your freezer and that could be a negative if you don’t have much room. Yes, you could only freeze the bowl when you want to make soft serve ice cream . . . but that takes freezing it overnight (Cuisinart says a minimum of 8 hours at zero degrees).
• No spontaneity. As you can see from the requirements above, you can’t just take out this ice cream maker and make a batch of ice cream quickly. You have to plan in advance!